Hockey update

2010-05-22 00:00

THERE are five major hockey matches today, with two involving Johannesburg teams.

There will be a good deal of interest at Northwood, not only because it is their Founders’ Day, but because they will hope to beat visitors DHS. In 2009, DHS won this game, but on results this year Northwood must be favourites, particularly as they have beaten both Kearsney and Glenwood in the last three weeks.

Maritzburg College will expect to win against Westville, as they are the only unbeaten school against other KZN opposition. However, both teams have recorded a draw against arguably the top Johannesburg team, KES. Complacency will probably be College’s greatest threat this morning.

A game that could go either way is at Kearsney, where they will be hosting St Charles. The Maritzburg side has had arguably their best season ever. They have strength in the strikers and their defence is solid. Kearsney is a useful unit, and when they have lost, it has never been by more than a single goal. Thus an intriguing match lies ahead and it should attract a good number of supporters.

KES will be playing Hilton, and as the latter lost by four goals earlier in the season against the Johannesburg team, they will want to show they are better than the previous score indicated.

Michaelhouse host St Johns, who have had a mixture of good and bad results this season. Michaelhouse are more consistent and this should carry them through at home.

Fixtures(home side first): Northwood vs DHS; Westville vs DHS; Kearsney vs St Charles; Hilton vs KES; Michaelhouse vs St Johns.

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